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if this is indeed an alla mow cannon. talk about tying things together. there's a decent chance if indeed this is an alamo cannon, this could be the one he rolled down that ramp and used against the long barracks. all kinds of fascinating information. in this letter he talks about how the texans used red hot canister shot they fired against the mexicans and he says that goes against all laws of warfare and humanity. so this document is a mexican officer talking about how immoral the texans were. i'm almost done here. one more thing i stumbled across recently, and doug cuba check's here today. he's an expert on the gonzales cannon. there's a small cannon that is labeled as the come and take it cannon. and i found several different documents that called the come and take it cannon an eight-pound brass cannon. but i also found this document,
and it's -- actually this date's wrong, ignore october 10th. but this is a little note that was scribbled by cass 10 nada, commander of the mexican troops at gonzales, that tried to take the cannon. he talks about they had a cannon, he also talked about a small piece of ordnance. it's on here somewhere, i don't need to try -- here you go. i think that's -- that's a small piece of ordnance. looking at the documents closely, doug doesn't totally agree with me but he realizes that he's got some explaining to do. the mexicans said the texans had a medium-sized cannon and a small piece of ordnance. i think the small one they display was probably involved in the battle but was not the come and take it cannon.
so basically what i'd like to point out to you is a couple of things very quickly. one is the mexican army was not obeying santa ana's orders and they were not retreating, they were withdrawing to wait for orders, then they got stuck in the mud. i like to say wharton county mud gets some of the credit for the mexican army -- it was a major blow. i'm not going to tell you it was the blow, it was the thing that defeated the mexican army, but it sure didn't hurt the texans' cause that they got stuck in that mud like they did. of course going along with the theme of the conference, there is so much more information out there. we never found the battle of medina. it's still there, just hasn't been found. we haven't found the crossing, i haven't found the mexican army camp from april 26th-27th from the west bernard river. it's amazing how much information and archaeology and research needs to be done.
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